Bryan Fischer, the rabidly anti-LGBTQ radio host and columnist, says God doesn’t care if gay and bisexual men are tops or bottoms — the deity is sending both to hell if they don’t repent.
Fischer made the comment on the Monday edition of Focal Point With Bryan Fischer, which airs on American Family Radio, affiliated with the homophobic, transphobic American Family Association, designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
He introduced the topic by defending fellow Christian right homophobe Franklin Graham’s remarks about Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, who is gay. Graham tweeted last week that being gay is “something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized.”
“Franklin Graham told Pete Buttigieg, the homosexual mayor of South Bend, Ind. … rather than prancing around and flaunting your homosexuality in front of the entire nation … you need to repent,” Fischer said in a clip excerpted by Media Matters for America (listen below).
He then cited the sins listed by St. Paul in the Bible that will supposedly keep people out of heaven, including drunkenness, idolatry, and adultery, “so we don’t think that God is somehow picking on homosexuals.”
“Men who practice homosexuality, and the term that Paul uses there, he uses two different terms: one for the active participant, the other for the passive,” he continued. “In the homosexual community, one is called the bottom. The other is called the top. Not going to go into any more detail about that, but here Paul is talking about both parts of a homosexual liaison — neither of them is going to make it into the eternal kingdom.”
Fischer has a long history of homophobic rhetoric. He has called the Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality ruling an “atrocity,” asserted that Adolf Hitler’s chief enforcers were gay, and said that Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who resisted issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was as heroic as those who fought slavery or the Nazis. And that’s just a short list. Besides spewing hate toward the LGBTQ community, he has railed against Muslims, Mormons, and believers in evolution, among others.
In 2015 the AFA, citing the Hitler comment, stripped Fischer of his title of director of issues analysis and tried to downplay his role in the organization. But he has continued to host the radio show and post columns on the AFA’s website. A column published today claims that under the Equality Act, a major LGBTQ rights bill pending in Congress, sexual orientation can be interpreted to include pedophilia and bestiality.
“Churches could not prevent pedophiles from working with their children and their youth groups,” he wrote (wrongly). “The Roman Catholic Church could not prevent self-admitted pedophiles from becoming priests and working with altar boys. It will not be long before bestiality (sex with animals) becomes a protected category. Prostitution will soon follow, as will incest and necrophilia (sex with dead people).”
The House Judiciary Committee approved the Equality Act today, and a vote by the full House is expected soon. Also to be expected: more vitriol from Fischer, possibly including discussion of the equal sinfulness of tops and bottoms.